I could watch a dedicated programming block of either of tonights games, so combining them had me feeling like I was missing out on the action of the secondary game. Other times, like in uneventful MMOs, the double billing is great. Tonight was two games where excitement could happen at any second so it didn't work. If there was two separate streams like they did with the big live live show then I'd at least be able to watch the second part later.
There was a thread about this recently, but it wasn't a poll. It can be pretty annoying when people miss out on opportunities for interesting polls. Good on you.
I think that some games don't appeal to everyone, so it's nice to have something else to switch to so more people are interested. Not to mention that some games can frequently become a bit stale and uninteresting for a while, and having one of the guys play a game in parallel can help in those situations.
A great example of this is the recent Torchlight II/Tokyo Jungle TNT. I don't give an eff about Torchlight II, and even though I'd still watch because it was TNT, Patrick playing Tokyo Jungle really made the whole thing more enjoyable. Those are two really different games, so they're pretty much bound to entertain more people.
I'd still rather have the ability to switch streams whenever.
Not great. I only liked it with Borderlands 2/ Tokyo Jungle because I was more interested in Tokyo Jungle than Borderlands 2. I'd rather they focus on talking about one game and its genre rather than doing 2 games at once. War of the Roses would have been a great TNT on its own, but Ryan and Patrick were only talking about Trials which is boring to watch. Like, why would I watch War of the Roses footage with people talking about how to beat a Trials level?
I feel like it doesn't work very well. You either have a boring game and a great game, like Torchlight/Tokyo jungle. One of them isn't very fun to watch, but sometimes the less-fun game gets the spotlight. Otherwise, you have two fun games, like Trials Evo and War of Roses, where both are exciting, but they aren't getting equal billing and sometimes the excitement happens when the game isn't receiving attention.
That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it, because I really like TNTs, but I would have liked it more had it been one or the other.
Haven't seen tonight's yet, but I think it makes for a nice hangout vibe and loosens up the Bomb Squad so that they're much more entertaining by the end of it. Plus, it stops situations like when Max Payne 3 just blew up and they had to scramble for a replacement game.
I think they should do it more sparingly (as they've been doing it every week... and I know why it's because all this amazing gear they want to play with) but I love it. For certain game mixes it's an awesome idea. Maybe not something they should do every week but rather have it in their bag of tricks.
So far they got:
Playing the game with the audience
Playing the game with each other while acting goofy (like they do)
Playing 2 games (with or without the audience participation or a mix of the above 2)
It's almost like an evolution of TNT!
My favourite TNTs is when 4+ of them are together playing the one game IE: Fortune street, Gears Of War 3, Diablo 3 etc. Yeah sure a change up to keep things "fresh" is good but I find the best TNTs is when the guys are trying to work together or in competition.
I haven't ever loved a double-feature TNT, but I've liked pretty much all of them.
Still, that's pretty much a wash for me. I'd rather go back to single-format for amazing TNTs like Dead Island, Fortune Street, and WWE All Stars. Thing is, the double-feature TNT ends up with too little attention being given to one of the games every time, but what little attention they do give tends to prevent games like Tokyo Jungle or War of the Roses from getting WAY interesting.
(Also, there has yet to be a viewing format that I've felt comfortable with; tonight's "theatrical view" was especially uncomfortable at times, and lowered the quality of the stream which was trying to buffer too many incohesive images at once.)